++++Please note, this video review was done with a beta quality Canon 70D camera which is producing beta quality images++++

My aim during this test was to see how good the overall video quality of the new Canon 70D is. I might have skipped the indoor part in a “real editing” but left it as I wanted to share with you more footage in a different surrounding/movement/lighting condition.

I’m very cautious with my wording and hope Canon still has the time to enhance the video quality coming out of this camera before it hits the market. (A separate test will be made to see how good the new auto focus is).

My expectations were high, after all it is Canon’s first APS-C sensor VDSLR camera equipped with the new DIGIC 5+ engine.
At present time there is not much to rave about the video quality coming out of that sample 70D camera.
Images are extremely soft, a bit noisy and moire and aliasing are everywhere.

Audio was recorded on camera as part of the test.

Camera picture profile: Neutral (30% sharpness was added in post to compensate for the camera softness).
No CC was applied.

ISO: 100 outdoor, 320 indoor

Lenses:
Tokina 11-16mm F2.8
Canon 24-105mm F4.0
Canon 70-200mm F4.0

ND filter:
Circular ND filter: Light Craft

Audio:
Sennheiser ew 112-p G3 Camera Mount Wireless Microphone System 
Sanken COS-11D Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone

Tripod:
Sachtler SB 8

Rig:
Quick handle-Shapemini composite shoulder pad-Shape and a Vocas base plate.

Electronic viewfinder:
Cineroid retina

Editing platform:
Adobe Premiere CS6

Music:
www.themusicbed.com
Till It Goes – (Instrumental) by Tim Coons http://www.themusicbed.com/#!/Till-It-Goes-Instrumental-6885/

Artist: Douglas Hoekzema
Many thanks to Anthony Handler and Oliver Werbach

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Dim July 28, 2013

Very nice video! Good artist.
There was no problem with focus during video as I saw, wasn’t it?

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Johnnie Behiri July 28, 2013

Hi Dim.
What problem with focus? If you are talking about the image being soft it is not because of focusing. That’s how it is with this “beta quality camera”.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Chris Giles July 29, 2013

I’m quite impressed you didn’t have to do any CC, 30% sharpening is quite a bit of sharpening in post for video.

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Johnnie Behiri July 29, 2013

Hi Chris.
30% is indeed a lot. The video would have been very soft without it.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Dan July 29, 2013

Something I think we can all learn from this video. Or at least I can. It was so simple yet so very well done that after the first two shots, I forgot to look for any more technical details and just enjoyed the story you put together. Story=Win!
Thanks
Dan

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Johnnie Behiri July 29, 2013

Thank you Dan for you kind warm words!

Johnnie

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PeterK August 3, 2013

Agreed, I’ve most of Johnnie’s stuff to have that “this is interesting, now what was I looking for?” element to it lol.

It’s a shame about the footage though, seems to be more like a 6D rather than a 5D3 :/ another poster claimed not to seem much moire which I have to agree neither did I but I did see a lot of aliasing, I guess you could consider them the same thing but I consider aliasing breaks in lines and moire a rainbow waving effect.

Either way this isn’t anything new from Canon and that’s disappointing since the 7D2 is rumored for 2014, anyone know a decent image quality APS-C cam in the $1000 range? (D7100, VG30, NEX6 maybe?)

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Johnnie Behiri August 4, 2013

Hi PeterK.

The moire is there. I’ve got good samples of it. The problem is (like with other Canon cameras), it can appear un expectedly and ruin a shot.
Another viewer was raving about the Nikon D7100 but I haven’t tested this camera.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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John July 30, 2013

What top handle is that in the last pic?

I second what Dan said above, about 1 minute in I stopped critiquing & just enjoyed the video. Nice job!

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Johnnie Behiri July 31, 2013

Hi John.

It’s from F&V. Not sure if still they make. Will check with the manufacturer and write here my findings.

Thanks!

J.

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James R. July 30, 2013

Really nice video. Actually, I was even surprised by the quality of the image. Were some of the 70′s flaws hidden by the process of compressing it to Vimeo?

Also, I think maybe the above poster was asking about if you had tried/had any success with the auto-focus? Even the in-door space was pretty bright. Did you find the auto focus broke down in more demanding/darker light?

Thanks:)

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Johnnie Behiri July 30, 2013

Hi James. Thank you for taking the time watching the video and commenting.
The pre production camera was a bit of a mixed bag when it comes to video quality….All is soft for sure but moire and aliasing can raised its ugly head un expectedly.

Regarding autofocus. It is surprisingly good. Take a look at my short test here: http://www.cinema5d.com/?p=20252 I’m sure that with the right lens and some practice good results can be achieved.

Thanks you!

Johnnie

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john July 31, 2013

Great video. I don’t see any moire on what you’ve shot.
How did you find low light performance? Was it an improvement over the 60d/7D?

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Johnnie Behiri July 31, 2013

Hi John.
Thanks for taking the time watching the video and commenting!
Moire is certainly there and also strongly evident in other test clips I was shooting. Regarding low light performance, this pre-production model is equally sensitive as the 7D. (up to 640 ISO for clean broadcast purposes). You can go higher only if you don’t mind the noise…..

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Salvador July 31, 2013

Hi Johnnie,

Would you say this camera’s moire and sharpness is at least equal to the 60D and 7D?

Thanks,
Salvador

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Johnnie Behiri August 1, 2013

Hi Salvador.

Yes, at least equal to the 7D.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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Salvador August 1, 2013

Great. Thanks!

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Tommi Kivimäki August 1, 2013

That was a very nice story and it was a joy to watch! I have always enjoyed your way of storytelling.
I think there’s no clear image quality improvement from 60D. What you get more is the new auto-focus feature.

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Johnnie Behiri August 4, 2013

Dear Tommi.

Thanks for your kind warm words. Appreciated!.

With this pre-production model you are right. Hopefully the final version will be tweaked to get better picture quality.

Thanks again!

Johnnie

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Matheus August 2, 2013

Really nice video! I wonder if this softness you mentioned could be related to the picture style (maybe it’s coming out now with lowered sharpness, as people used to do?)

I’ve been considering a 60D, but the 70D got my interest… How would you compare it to the 60D, based on your experience?

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Johnnie Behiri August 4, 2013

Dear Matheus, thank you!

Valid point you have but I am not sure this is the case. I don’t have/used the 60D but the autofocus function alone might be the reason to get the 70D. It has a lot of potential if you use it right!.

Thanks!

Johnnie

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PeterK August 3, 2013

Actually it was really nice of Canon to give Cinema5D an exclusive like this, knowing that they were very likely to find these flaw :) I also really like how Cinema5D doesn’t just “test” the equipment, they actually use it on a job to see if it’s good enough. It seems like a very biased way to go about it, Great job. Keep up the good work :D

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Johnnie Behiri August 4, 2013

PeterK.

Thanks again for taking the time watching the various videos and commenting. Appreciated!.

Next test is scheduled towards the end of August. Again it is going to be “documentary shooting style” video. That’s how we try to conduct our tests.

Stay tuned…

Thank you!

Johnnie

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Raj S August 14, 2013

Hi Johnnie,

At first I came here looking for the video quality but then within the initial few seconds of the video I’ve gotten immersed with the narration of the video and forgot the quality!

Great video and great work! Kudos.

To me the expectations for this camera’s video quality is not to the level of 5D3, so I kind’a guessed that this is what it is going to be at the end of the day. If there is a 7DMII then may be people should/could have a little more anticipation than this is what is my opinion for a 1200$ body.

What amazes me is that the on camera mic quality!

At the end of the day, the person holding the camera is the key for everything and not just the device itself! Proven again by this video.

Raj

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Johnnie Behiri August 14, 2013

Dear Raj, thank you for your kind warm words.

Just to clarify, the sound is NOT from the on camera mic. It is from a wireless connected directly to the camera.

Thanks again and take care.

Johnnie

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Dagnis August 16, 2013

Nice video! Well done! Like the story!
http://www.facebook.com/PhotographybyDagnisAbols

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Johnnie Behiri August 17, 2013

Thank you Dagnis, appreciated.

Johnnie

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Manus August 28, 2013

Hi,

Thanks for the video. Just to clarify, softness / aliasing / moire are worse than or equal to 7D, 60D, 550D-650D?
Did you have a chance to check side by side?

Cheers

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John K March 24, 2014

I recently purchased the 70D and had a question regarding the video settings. I seem to get a lot of stutter in the picture that is noticeable especially when i pan regardless of how slow i do it. I’ve tried shooting in 1080, 24p 30p with the proper shutter settings. and 720 as well. I didn’t notice this in your video and was wondering what settings you had your 70D set to?
Thanks,
-John

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